Apple Event: New Macbook Air, Mac Mini, & Macbook Pro

Apple Event: New Macbook Air, Mac Mini, & Macbook Pro

Apple livestreamed a Special Event today that yielded 3 new Macs. All three of them are powered by the new M1 chip manufactured by Apple Silicon. It features CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and I/O on a single chip. The M1 utilizes the ARM architecture, which allows it to run both Mac and iOS apps natively on MacOS 11.0 Big Sur.

For starters. the Macbook Air received the M1 chip. The new models include a 13.3″ screen, 8-core M1 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, and a $999 starting price. Next, Apple released an updated Macbook Pro. Like the Air, it features a 13.3″ screen, 8-core M1 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD standard. However, the Pro has a $1299 starting price. Both models have WiFi and Bluethooth but no Ethernet. Additionally, they have headphone jacks and USB type C ports… that’s it!

On the desktop front, Apple updated the Mac mini (which was getting a bit long in the tooth). Like the laptops above, the new models feature the 8-core M1 chip, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD out of the box. The mini’s entry price is $699. Contrary to the laptops, the Mac mini has HDMI, USB Type A, and Ethernet in additon to USB type C and headphone out. All 3 new Macs begin shipping next week.

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